by Blog Hub

Whether you have a demanding job on your feet, suffer vein disease, you’re pregnant, or none of the above – there’s so much value to be had by putting your feet up regularly!

It’s not just about getting rest (though that’s important too!) – putting your feet up regularly can help improve your blood flow, reduce inflammation, and lower pressure in your veins. In fact, while podiatrists may recommend it as a way to treat your poor neglected feet, this is just the start of the many benefits for your health and well-being.

But first, here’s how to elevate your legs correctly:

  1. Recline or lie down in a comfortable position
  2. Prop your feet up so they are above heart level
  3. Raise them with a pillow to achieve the correct height if necessary
  4. Repeat 3-4 times per day for 30 mins at a time for best results

Now let’s take a closer look at the benefits:

Improves circulation

When you raise your feet, gravity works in your favour. This means blood can flow more easily from your feet to your heart, improving circulation throughout your body. This can reduce swelling in your feet and ankles, and help with conditions like varicose veins.

Reduces stress

Putting your feet up can help you find your ‘Zen’ by prompting a relaxation response in your body. As your body relaxes, a different part of your nervous system activates and works to relieve the impact of any stress you’ve been experiencing.

Your body starts to release chemicals that:

  1. Reduce stress hormone levels
  2. Lower heart and breathing rate
  3. Relax muscles
  4. Lower blood pressure
  5. Lower blood sugar
  6. Reduce inflammation

Reduces back pain

If you suffer from back pain, putting your feet up can help alleviate some of the discomfort. When you sit with your feet on the ground, your spine is in a curved position, which can put pressure on your lower back. But when you put your feet up, your spine straightens out, helping reduce the strain on your back muscles.

Improves sleep

If shut-eye is not your friend, putting your feet up can help to relax your body and promote better sleep. It can also help slow down both your breathing and heart rate, which can make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.

Improves vein disease symptoms

If you’re experiencing pain or any symptoms of vein disease like varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis, it’s important to consult a podiatrist or health professional for personalised treatment. But research has found elevating the feet can help reduce swelling and discomfort associated with these conditions. (2)

So, let’s raise a toe-st! If the simple solution of putting your feet up not only helps you relax – but has a wealth of other health benefits – really, why wouldn’t you give it a try!?